Creative DIY Desk Ideas

By Kate Riley July 24, 2018

I’m finally building that window desk as a place for my teens to do homework, and I’m starting with these IKEA cabinets as bases. I have a great idea for how I plan to make the 10 foot wide DIY desktop that I can’t wait to try.

I’m not ready for the words “back to school” quite yet, it’s only July, but I want to be ready by the time since mine start in August so this project has moved to the front of my priority list. My idea is to create a desk similar to this one below, with a long desktop set on top of two cabinet bases, but my idea is different for the top.


via shift interiors


There are a lot of ways to build your own desk, with plenty of ideas to be found around the blogosphere, here are a few more of my favorite build your own desk ideas:




hairpin leg and plywood desk


concrete top desk


ikea tabletop & painted wood leg desk


stacked flip top plywood & hairpin leg desk


butcher block top & pipe leg desk



L shaped wood top with X base desk


x leg base writing desk


modern writing desk




ikea hemnes dresser wall desk


wood top sawhorse leg + center drawer cabinet desk


Inspiring ideas for setting up a desk space anywhere in the home!

One comment

  1. My favorite desk arrangement in college, and probably most effective for my sketchy study habits, was like your example with the filing cabinets in the center. The upper area was book shelves, but each roommate had her own set pushed toward the side walls with a gap in the middle where we hung our shared dry-erase calendar. Can’t wait to see what you create for your kids.

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